Mental Health

I’m The Mom

When I was in sixth grade and having serious trouble with bullies at school, my mom said she was going over to my school to talk to the principal, the school counselor, and my teachers. I was mortified. She was going to talk to the adults at my school? And...

Finding Safe and Supportive Spaces Online

Fifteen years ago when my kids were diagnosed with autism, online resources and support were really hard to find. Parents often felt isolated and disconnected from others going through the same challenges. Today there’s the opposite problem – information and support groups are everywhere! So the problem has now become how to find reliable...

The Danger is on the Inside

My family has just finished a hot, exciting, and very dusty summer. We undertook a massive home renovation that included new windows and floors, raising a sunken living room, and gutting and replacing one of the bathrooms and the kitchen. Exhausting as the whole process has been, it’s also been...

Destigmatizing Depression

This month, I intended on writing a post with a lighter, humorous look at living with depression.  But, with the sudden death of comedic actor Robin Williams, I chose to talk about helping educate others about this often misunderstood disease.  We’ve all been there baring our souls attempting to share...

Talking About Difficult Things

My youngest son, Carter, is almost twelve. When I say that sentence to myself, I say it in the deep, reverberating voice of Morgan Freeman, with a little foreboding in it: my son it almost twelve-twelve-twelve.  With 12 approaching, his body has begun to change. Where most parents have trouble...

Advocacy Without Anger

Some days I’m sick and tired of having to be a demanding parent. Just for once I want to get what we need without having to ask or argue. The nature of special needs means that accommodations for our kids are never provided automatically. They have to be specifically requested,...

To Live with Fear

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my youngest son, Carter. We’re preparing to begin a massive home renovation next week; we spent the day together, packing things, filling our van at home, and emptying it at the storage unit down the street, over and over again. At almost 12,...

May is Mental Health Month

— http://blog.nami.org/2014/04/may-is-mental-health-month.html

Did you know that May is mental health month? A message from Mary Giliberti, J.D., Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).